I get it. The unanswered prayer. The broken heart, disappointments, sickness, death, loss, shattered dreams, and hopes. We have all had our share of hurts, some more than others.
Does it mean He doesn’t hear or care? Not hardly. It’s not necessarily what happens to us that shakes our faith, but how we react to the situation.
Yes, we can remind ourselves of scriptures such as when Jesus promised, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5) and when Paul assured us that “…all things work together for good…” (Romans 8:28) Yet, we still feel inadequate, and in ourselves, we are. However, there is a way to escape those feelings.
In I Kings chapter 18, Elijah approached King Ahab. Keep in mind there had been a drought for three years, and Jezebel had killed many of the prophets. Elijah told Ahab to meet him at Mount Carmel. You know the story of the 450 prophets of Baal sacrificing a bullock: They prayed, leaped on the altar, and cut themselves, but there was no answer.
Then it was Elijah’s turn. Please note, the first thing he did was to repair the altar. Sometimes, our altar may be in disarray or damaged. Has it been neglected? Maybe we are going to the altar but not bringing a sacrifice. We are telling God how wrong things are going, how weary we are. What happened to our sacrifice of praise?
Elijah brought quite a sacrifice. Not only did he supply a bullock, but he also got four barrels of water. The brook Cherith where God told him to go had already dried up. It was a grievous time for the people, land, and animals.
To repair the altar, he gathered twelve stones. They represented the twelve tribes of Israel. Perhaps this indicates the need for unity of the people of God, for the kingdom was divided.
“…endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Ephesians 4:3-6)
When things are good, praise Him. When you are in the plains, praise Him. When nothing seems to be going right, and trouble is on every side, that is when you really need to praise Him. Are you in a spiritual famine or a dry and thirsty land? Praise, worship, sing, pray and read His Word. Watch Him come to your aid.
“… How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him…. Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.” (I Kings 18:21, 38-39)